Definitions for JERKdʒɜrk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a quick, sharp pull, thrust, twist, or the like; sudden, abrupt movement.

  2. a sudden involuntary muscle contraction, as of a reflex.

    Category: Physiology

  3. Slang. a contemptibly naive, stupid, or insignificant person.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. (in weightlifting) the raising of a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms.

    Category: Sport

  5. the jerks, involuntary, spasmodic muscular movements, as from emotional tension.

  6. (v.t.)to pull, twist, move, thrust, or throw with a quick, suddenly arrested motion:

    She jerked the child by the hand.

  7. Informal. to prepare and serve (sodas, ice cream, etc.) at a soda fountain.

    Category: Informal

  8. (v.i.)to give a jerk or jerks.

  9. to move with a quick, sharp motion; move spasmodically.

  10. Informal. to work as a soda jerk.

    Category: Informal

  11. jerk around,to treat (someone) in a manipulative and deceitful manner.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. jerk off,Vulgar Slang. to masturbate.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

Origin of jerk:

1540–50; perh. dial. var. of yerk to draw stitches tight (shoemaker's term)



  1. to preserve (meat, esp. beef) by cutting in strips and drying in the sun.

    Category: Cooking

  2. (adj.)being or containing a spicy seasoning mixture flavored with allspice, used esp. in Jamaican cooking:

    jerk sauce.

    Category: Cooking

  3. prepared with jerk flavorings, esp. by barbecuing or grilling:

    jerk chicken.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of jerk:

1700–10; < AmerSp charquear, der. of charquijerky2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jerk, dork(noun)

    a dull stupid fatuous person

  2. jerk, jerking, jolt, saccade(noun)

    an abrupt spasmodic movement

  3. jerk(noun)

    (mechanics) the rate of change of acceleration

  4. jerky, jerked meat, jerk(noun)

    meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun

  5. jerk(noun)

    raising a weight from shoulder height to above the head by straightening the arms

  6. tug, jerk(verb)

    a sudden abrupt pull

  7. yank, jerk(verb)

    pull, or move with a sudden movement

    "He turned the handle and jerked the door open"

  8. jerk, twitch(verb)

    move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

    "The patient's legs were jerkings"

  9. twitch, jerk(verb)

    make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

    "his face is twitching"

  10. buck, jerk, hitch(verb)

    jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched

    "the yung filly bucked"

  11. jerk, flick(verb)

    throw or toss with a quick motion

    "flick a piece of paper across the table"; "jerk his head"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jerk(verb)ʒɜrk

    to move or make move with quick, forceful movements

    The bus jerked to a halt.; She jerked the door open.; I jerked on the rope to tighten it.

  2. jerk(noun)ʒɜrk

    an impolite word meaning unpleasant or unkind person

    What a jerk!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jerk(verb)

    to cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, jerk beef. See Charqui

  2. Jerk(verb)

    to beat; to strike

  3. Jerk(verb)

    to give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull, or twist, to; to yerk; as, to jerk one with the elbow; to jerk a coat off

  4. Jerk(verb)

    to throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand; as, to jerk a stone

  5. Jerk(verb)

    to make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by starts

  6. Jerk(verb)

    to flout with contempt

  7. Jerk(noun)

    a short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake, or similar motion

  8. Jerk(noun)

    a sudden start or spring


  1. Jerk

    In physics, jerk, also known as jolt, surge, or lurch, is the rate of change of acceleration; that is, the derivative of acceleration with respect to time, the second derivative of velocity, or the third derivative of position. Jerk is defined by any of the following equivalent expressions: where Jerk is a vector, and there is no generally used term to describe its scalar magnitude. The SI units of jerk are metres per second cubed. There is no universal agreement on the symbol for jerk, but j is commonly used. Newton's notation for the derivative of acceleration can also be used, especially when "surge" or "lurch" is used instead of "jerk" or "jolt". If acceleration can be felt by a body as the force exerted by the object bringing about the acceleration on the body, jerk can be felt as the change in this pressure. For example a passenger in an accelerating vehicle with zero jerk will feel a constant force from the seat on his or her body; whereas positive jerk will be felt as increasing force on the body, and negative jerk as decreasing force on the body.

Translations for JERK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a short, sudden movement

We felt a jerk as the train started.

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